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Mariners announce weekend rotation plans
by R.J. White |

The Mariners announced Wednesday that Taijuan Walker will draw the start in Friday's series opener against the Astros in Houston.

Walker hasn't made a start for the Mariners since late July, but he's managed to make three appearances out of the bullpen in September. He owns a 2.96 ERA and 21:15 K:BB ratio in 24 1/3 innings.

The announcement will move Chris Young back to Saturday and Hisashi Iwakuma to Sunday.

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Eric Stults chased in fifth inning of loss vs. Phillies
by R.J. White |

Padres pitcher Eric Stults took a loss Wednesday, allowing four earned runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings while striking out two in his team's 5-2 defeat against the Phillies.

Stults (7-17) delivered four scoreless innings before running into trouble in the fifth, when the Phillies opened the inning with four singles to score two runs and then followed a sacrifice with a two-run double, which chased the starter from the game. It's the first time since June 8 Stults has failed to finish five innings. He owns a 4.59 ERA and 101:44 K:BB ratio in 162 2/3 innings. Stults is scheduled to face the Rockies Tuesday.

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Cole Hamels strikes out nine in win vs. Padres
by R.J. White |

Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels earned a win Wednesday, allowing one earned run on seven hits and one walk in seven innings while striking out nine in his team's 5-2 victory over the Padres.

Hamels (9-7) gave up just one run for the second straight start, and he's turned in 11 quality starts in 12 tries in the second half, with the only "off" day resulting in a five-inning, three-run win. He owns an excellent 2.47 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 187:57 K:BB ratio in 189 2/3 innings. Hamels is scheduled to face the Marlins Tuesday.

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C.J. Cron swats 11th home run Wednesday
by R.J. White |

Angels first baseman C.J. Cron went 2 for 3 with a three-run home run in his team's 5-0 win over the Mariners Wednesday.

Cron's home run came at an opportune time, as the Mariners turned to the bullpen in the seventh inning only for the Angels first baseman to immediately smack a three-run blast to put the lead out of reach. He has hit .273/.301/.482 with 11 home runs and 35 RBI in 220 at-bats.

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C.J. Wilson tosses seven one-hit innings in win Wednesday
by R.J. White |

Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson earned a win Wednesday, allowing just one hit and three walks in seven scoreless innings while striking out seven in his team's 5-0 victory over the Mariners.

Wilson (13-9) retired the first 11 batters he faced Wednesday before issuing a walk, and his no-hitter came to an end with two outs in the fifth. It's his first time since May 17 getting through a start without giving up a run. Wilson owns a 4.42 ERA and 149:78 K:BB ratio in 169 innings. He's slated to face the A's Monday.

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James Paxton strikes out eight in loss vs. Angels
by R.J. White |

Mariners pitcher James Paxton took a loss Wednesday, giving up three earned runs on four hits and one walk in 6 2/3 innings and striking out eight in his team's 5-0 defeat against the Angels.

Paxton (6-3) was excellent through most of the start, allowing only two hits in six scoreless innings to open the game. Then came the seventh, when Paxton gave up a run and left the game with two men on and two outs only to see the next pitcher in serve up a home run and tack two more runs onto Paxton's line. He owns a 2.06 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 54:20 K:BB ratio in 65 2/3 innings. Paxton is slated to face the Blue Jays Monday.

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Alcides Escobar hits third home run
by Chris Cwik |

Royals infielder Alcides Escobar clubbed his third home run Wednesday against the White Sox. 

Escobar struck in the fourth inning. With the bases empty, he belted a 93 mph fastball out to left center for the solo shot. Escobar also singled during the game. He finished 2 for 4, with two runs scored and one RBI. 

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Jose Altuve the only bright spot for Houston
by Chris Cwik |

Astros infielder Jose Altuve was the lone bright spot for the club Wednesday.

Altuve accounted for the team's only two hits of the night. He went 2 for 4, with two singles. The Astros were shut out, so Altuve did not register any runs or RBIs. 

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Steve Pearce goes yard twice
by Chris Cwik |

Orioles pitcher Steve Pearce hit two home runs Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

Pearce struck for the first time in the bottom of the third. With the bases empty, Pearce belted an 82 mph slider out to left for a solo shot. He struck again in his next at-bat. With two men on, Pearce clubbed a 93 mph fastball out to left center for the three-run shot. He finished 2 for 3, with two runs scored and four RBI. 

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Evan Longoria belts his 22nd home run Wednesday
by Chris Cwik |

Rays third baseman Evan Longoria clubbed his 22nd home run Wednesday against the Yankees.

Longoria struck in the fourth inning. With the bases empty, Longoria belted a 93 mph fastball out to center for the solo shot. Longoria would drive in another run in his next at-bat on a groundout. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. 

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